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Goofy Glock-Lishnikov (That’s actually kinda fun to shoot)

Introduced by Century Arms a few years ago, the WASR-M, like its standard WASR (Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifle) older brothers, are all essentially semi-auto variants of the Cugir Arms Factory’s PM md. 63/65 series AKMs, licensed Kalashs that the Romanians made by the hundreds of thousands over the past half-century.

WASRs have been popular on the U.S. import market for years, and Century made them 922R-compliant by adding furniture, mags, pistons, and triggers. Heck, when renting an AK for a class at Gunsite, the only in-house choice is a WASR. It’s a budget answer to more spendy Arsenals or Zastavas still made by folks who understand Kalashnikovs. Century has splashed in 9mm AK water with Cugir before, having marketed first the Draco NAK-9 pistol and the newly announced Draco 9S in recent years.

While the Dracos are fun, those wanting a full-sized stock and barrel are left out of the party, which brings us to the WASR-M. The significant difference in the WASR-M variant is that, instead of being a gas-piston operated rifle chambered in 7.62×39, it is a direct-blowback-action pistol-caliber carbine chambered in 9mm NATO that uses doublestack Glock 17/18/19 mags.

Ladies and gentlemen, the WASR-M, made by Cugir in Romania and imported by Century Arms of Vermont, which added enough U.S. parts to make the ATF happy. (Photo: Chris Eger).

I’ve put about 500 rounds through one and detailed the whole deal. Check it out after the jump.

Beretta Could Soon Bring a Sweet New PCC to the U.S.

Italian gunmaker Beretta has lifted the curtain overseas on its PMXs, a new semi-automatic variant of the company’s PMX sub-machinegun.

The planned replacement to the classic M-12 SMG of the 1960s (aka The Spaghetti Uzi), the select-fire PMX was introduced in 2017, using a lot more polymer but almost doubling the older gun’s rate of fire from a sedate 550 rounds-per-minute to a more scorching 900. It has been adopted by the Italian national police, the famed Carabinieri, and a few other agencies.

To make the gun more of a pistol caliber carbine, the PMXs is a semi-auto-only model “dedicated to the civil sector.” Beretta says the PMXs is now available on the consumer market in Italy but is soon to be seen in other markets sometime in 2022.

Sure, it is gonna need to lose the stock and VFG, but other than that, the PMXs could be a solid win for PCC fans.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Ruger brings back the old pistol caliber carbine concept

After a decade-long hiatus, Ruger announced last week the return of a pistol caliber carbine series to their catalog with lots of updated features.

The new PC series provides a compact and lightweight carbine aimed at plinkers and the home defense market with a wide-range of magazine well adapters to accommodate a variety of users. The handy takedown carbine ships capable of accepting Ruger SR-series or the new Security-9 series pistol magazines right out of the box, while a Glock 9mm well is included for those who already have a stockpile of those mags. Already have a Ruger American Pistol in 9mm? They offer that magazine well for sale separately.

The gun also has swappable left and right charging handles, a fluted threaded barrel (1/2-inch-28TPI), and lots of other goodies.

More in my column at Guns.com.

The CSA45 is a fresh breath in pistol caliber carbines


While it may appear AR-15ish, the Flint River Arms CSA45 only appears that way. The trigger group is fully interchangeable with AR-15 series triggers, AR surface controls and grips are maintained for familiarity and the adjustable buttstock uses an AR buffer, but that is where the similarities end.

Charley Groves, president of FRA, me the CSA45 (Carbine Short Action) began with a clean sheet design that started off as a sketch on the back of a napkin four years ago.

The CSA45 uses a single billet 6061 T-6 monolithic lower with a left-side charge upper to produce a very handy little carbine. The short-stroke gas-piston system uses two o-rings and runs extremely clean, with test guns running several thousand rounds without hiccups induced due to fouling. As far as internals go, the CSA45 utilizes a rotating four-lug bolt.

It’s short, it’s very clean, and it does exactly what it is supposed to.

More in my column at Guns.com

The New Taurus CT9 Carbine

One of the most peculiar types of firearms of recent times is that amalgam known as the pistol caliber carbine. These handy little rifles, firing rounds designed for handguns, are very popular and Taurus is trying to cash in with their own new design: the CT9.
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